I was wondering if you could sort out my ignorance. I understand as you do less reps you do the heavier you can lift, thus getting stronger rather than fitter or larger, but I dont understand the significance of doing sets? For example, I started a rippetoes program 6 weeks ago and did 3x5 on bench, but then I thought the famous set/rep was 5x5 for functional hypertrophy? why is it bad to do 10x5? or more than whatever sets is normally allocated?
My second question is how do I change my pure strength into a speedy powerful strength? Atm I can bench and squat alot more than I used to, but I cant jump much higher or punch any faster - I just feel a little lighter. I want conventional power for sprinting and punching.
My third question is about Rippetoes program, my lower pecks are looking a little over developed by doing flat bench, but I am not nearly plateau'd. I want to keep my bench improving but I want hypertrophy in my upper pecks to look balanced. Is is a solution doing both bench and incline in the same workout or in a different workout in the same week (my workout B)? I am reluctant to stop doing something if I am not plateau'd yet and am still able to put more weight on each session.
Thanks for comments,